Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act to cut wasteful spending on unused and underutilized facilities. This amendment was also passed by the House last year and is an extension of the bipartisan SAVE Acts introduced by Murphy that would save $230 billion in federal spending by rooting out waste and mismanagement, such as that of unused facilities. With the Department of Defense managing hundreds, possibly thousands, of buildings and structures it has rated at zero percent utilization, this common sense measure could save the American taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in this year alone.
"I promised my constituents that I would bring my CPA experience to Washington to scrutinize the federal budget so that their money was not being wasted and my amendment is a simple solution to do just that," said Murphy. "I am pleased that the House passed this common-sense measure, showing the American people that we can work together to promote better government and smarter spending. I will continue to put proposals such as this forward until such wastefulness, both in terms of cost and efficiency, is rooted out of of government."